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  • Basic Codified Issues

    Basic Codified Issues

    What Sprinkler Contractor Owners Need to Know The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is an industry association that exists primarily to repre…

  • Here Is Your Sign

    Here Is Your Sign

    Part 1: NFPA 13 Requirements The comedian Bill Engvall made the saying “Here is your sign” well known. When Bill said it, it was directed at someone w…

  • Temperature Change

    Temperature Change and Dry Pipe Systems

    Fluctuations Can Cause Problems Temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on certain types of systems in certain configurations. The most susceptible t…

  • Sprinkler Protection

    Sprinkler Protection and the 3,000 ft2 Modifier

    Wood Joist Versus Composite Wood Joist NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, allows the omission of sprinkler protection from s…

  • Spot the Dot: Part 2

    Spot the Dot: Part 2

    Continuing With the Z Dimension That’s right… you read the last paragraph of my previous article in the September/October 2016 issue of Sprinkler Age …

Basic Codified Issues

Basic Codified Issues

What Sprinkler Contractor Owners Need to Know The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is an industry association that exists primarily to represent the interests of open shop fire sprinkler contractor owners. In context, it is important that each sprinkler contractor owner fully understand that the applicable building codes and their …

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Here Is Your Sign

Here Is Your Sign

Part 1: NFPA 13 Requirements The comedian Bill Engvall made the saying “Here is your sign” well known. When Bill said it, it was directed at someone who just said something that was obvious or just plain stupid. One story I remember Bill telling at a comedy show was about a gentleman who was …

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Temperature Change and Dry Pipe Systems

Temperature Change

Fluctuations Can Cause Problems Temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on certain types of systems in certain configurations. The most susceptible type of system to temperature fluctuations are dry-type systems, specifically dry-type systems which utilize a direct differential style dry valve. By direct differential style dry valves, it is understood to …

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Spot the Dot: Part 2

Spot the Dot: Part 2

Continuing With the Z Dimension That’s right… you read the last paragraph of my previous article in the September/October 2016 issue of Sprinkler Age correctly (see page 44 of that issue, or click here to see the blog post). Sensitivity and discharge are not equal in the eyes of the …

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Flow Testing Standpipes

Flow Testing Standpipes

Seeking Solutions in NFPA 25 to Unusual Challenges Inspection, testing and maintenance service providers face many challenges, which we in the “training community” often espouse in articles and live seminars. All too often, we focus on the obvious issues associated with liability, contractual structure and responsibilities to meet requirements of NFPA …

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Standpipe Hydrostatic Testing

Standpipe Hydrostatic Testing

Theory vs. Practice Every industry has areas where theory and practice just don’t quite meet. The fire protection industry is no exception. If your firm is responsible for performing inspections on water-based fire protection systems, then you can relate to that statement. Honestly, trying to complete the various code inspections …

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Step Into the Shadows

Step Into the Shadows

Satisfactory Sprinkler Performance Can be Achieved An integrated architecture and engineering firm, Clark Nexsen is recognized nationally as a leader in student life design. With multiple student housing projects in design and under construction simultaneously, we are continuously working with code reviewers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) to resolve any …

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